Body Image In Social Media

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Young people are caged in a world that is characterized by social media. These young people are frequent users of social media that results in undesirable and unlikely self-perception. It has created a questionable and an unachievable symbol of excellence; in addition, built up media, take much of young people's time and permit them to characterize themselves in an agreeable and constructive form. One specific example is the way young people post their desirable face and body in Facebook characterizing their picked picture. There is, without a doubt that perfect body measure has been a standard, as reflected in the style symbols in the media (Khan, 2017). According to Khan (2017), body disappointment can be an internal procedure that…show more content…
Research has indicated that change in the ideal body image is progressive because of different ages, group, and cultures. One example is the western culture; they associated being thin as attractiveness, grace, and youth. On the other hand, there are cultures from various ethnic origins that they are satisfied with how their body image may look like, compared to white women with high social status. According to the results of the study of Alvarenga (2014), there is an association between media and its influence on Brazilian female students in their body dissatisfaction. It was found that there are several factors influencing their perception, one of which is the media; their desire was to be smaller than their actual body figure. In addition, concerns about the media influence, the results showed in SATAQ were higher than the population around the world. Moreover, younger and overweight female students were most likely to be influenced by social…show more content…
As the idea of standard beauty in men and women increases, the pressure to cling to its idea increases as well; in addition, the standard of women attractiveness becomes harder to portray. Russello (2009) cited Hawkins et al. (2004) that the average images that most females portrayed in the media are 15% below the average weight of women. It also has clear evidence that women are getting thinner over the years. Unfortunately, men and women are being pressured by the standard of attractiveness that society is living up to. According to Russello (2009) regarding self-esteem, having a high level of self-esteem can keep people from receiving and having negative effects when it comes to the influence of the media. On the other hand, having low self-esteem may be vulnerable to be influenced by the images seen in the media. Russello (2009) cited Hatoum & Belle (2004); Posavac & Posavac (2002) that based on the research shown, having low self-esteem in both men and women are being more conscious or concern on their weight compare to those with a high level of
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